My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Michigan
We're finishing an 11-month lease as tenants in a four-bedroom home in Michigan. My son accidentally bent the fins to the external A/C unit in a few places. The landlord told us to pay to have them repaired, which we did. However, the fins still look bad, and the repairman says there is nothing more he can do to make them look good. The repairman also indicates the damage is purely cosmetic, and the A/C unit is working fine. Our landlord says we are responsible for purchasing a new A/C unit, because we are obligated to restore anything damaged back into its condition as of the start of the lease. In my opinion, replacing a fully-functioning unit for some minor cosmetic damage is completely unreasonable. Two questions: 1) What are my rights and obligations here as a tenant? 2) How would one go about estimating the proper compensation for damages of this sort? The A/C unit is probably 10-15 years old, and any loss in value we caused was far from equal to the cost of a brand new unit.